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About the Course

Essentials of Global Health is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It is meant to introduce you to this topic in well-structured, clear and easy to understand ways. Much of the course will focus on five questions: What do people get sick, disabled and die from; Why do they suffer from these conditions? Which people are most affected? Why should we care about such concerns? What can be done to address key health issues, hopefully at least cost, as fast as possible, and in sustainable ways? The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, the health of the poor, and health disparities. Particular attention will be paid throughout the course to health systems issues, the linkages between health and development, and health matters related to global interdependence. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be practical in orientation. ESSENTIALS OF GLOBAL HEALTH WAS PRODUCED IN PART DUE TO THE GENEROUS FUNDING OF THE DAVID F. SWENSEN FUND FOR INNOVATION IN TEACHING. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Course Learning Objectives By the end of the course, learners should be able to: • Articulate key public health concepts related to global health; • Analyze the key issues in global health from a number of perspectives; • Discuss with confidence the burden of disease in various regions of the world; how it varies by sex, age, and location; key risk factors for this burden; and how the disease burden can be addressed in cost-effective ways; • Assess key health disparities, especially as they relate to the health of low-income and marginalized people in low- and middle-income countries; • Outline the key actors and organizations in global health and the manner in which they cooperate to address critical global health concerns; • Review key global health challenges that are likely to arise in the coming decades. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Value Added of the Course The course seeks to add special value by being comprehensive, by handling each topic in a consistent framework, and by helping learners gain an understanding of well grounded approaches to assessing global health issues and what can be done to address them. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Readings and other materials for Essentials of Global Health For almost every session of Essentials of Global Health, you will see: - Required readings - Recommended readings - Recommended videos We have selected a small number of readings for each session that are central to understanding the content of the session. We have put these under “required readings”. For each required reading, we have also indicated how carefully you should read the material and on what parts of the material you should focus your attention. In addition, we have selected some additional readings that would be very helpful to your understanding the content of each session. The first is a textbook, Global Health 101, third edition. This is a comprehensive introductory textbook that closely follows the content of this Essentials of Global Health course. We have indicated for each session what part of the book you should read. Using this textbook can be very valuable to your mastering the content of the course. The second set of “recommended readings” is some additional readings, mostly from journal articles and reports. For these, too, we have indicated how carefully you should read the material and on what parts of the material you should focus your attention. Learners should note that to access articles from The Lancet they will have to register with the Lancet, if they do not have online access to a library that has The Lancet. Once they are registered, they will be able to sign into The Lancet and access all of its free articles. We have also indicated for most sessions one or two videos that relate to the topic of the session. These are meant to help the learner get a better feel for the topic which is being covered. Most learners will find the videos brief, easy and enjoyable to watch, and very enlightening....

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Mar 17, 2017

It was one of the best courses I have done on coursera.Also the instructor explains detailed subject matter very well which makes it easier to understand the subject.Certainly a 10\10 for the course !

Jul 4, 2020

A very thoughtful and insightful course that help me to understand the global health, its key concept, challenges and cost effective strategies to address the issue in the global health perspectives.

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By Christos P

Jul 1, 2020

Truly fascinating approach. I am equally blessed and matured on how to address health issues in a more scientific and at the same time neutral tone. Thank you very much

By Ann M T

May 21, 2018

Thank you for this opportunity. It was very time consuming with work, travel and being ill during this 6 weeks - but I am better for having completed it and thank you!

By Harshwardhan

Nov 3, 2020

This is the great course provided by Coursera. It made me learn great things which will surely be going to help me to build myself and my perspective towards society.

By Jose G

Oct 19, 2020

Amazing Class, Thank you! for Teaching all about it, It was difficult but with patience and a little bit of reading it's worth taking this class, Ones again Thank You

By Kelsey D

May 12, 2020

I learned so much and the subject matter is more poignant than ever. I had to buy the text because the links to the readings included in the course did not work.

By Ginika U

Apr 10, 2020

It was worth time of studying and learning about Global Health and it's essentials. The Tutor was awesome. He made the course interesting and easy to understand.

By Manuel P

Nov 24, 2020

Great Course, and provides a brief idea of the problems faced in the world. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to know more about Public Health.

By Cheryl W

Nov 8, 2020

It really opened my eyes to the significance of global health and the impact these issues have on everyone, not just the lower and middle income countries.

By Nade B

May 6, 2020

Wonderful course, lot of important information presented in very easy to understand way. The professor speaks well and slowly to understand if you are ESL.

By Kapil

Oct 14, 2020

I would say the best course for anyone who's interested in learning about basics and essentials of global health. Thank You for such a wonderful course.


Jan 7, 2017

Through this course I get to know the essentials and the big picture of global health and the most important concepts and actors in this field. Thanks!


Jun 24, 2021

it was amazing course i personally learnt so much about global health i am so gratfeul that india has this app so that we can learn thanks to coursera

By Mousumi C

Jun 18, 2020

This course was very informative and easy to follow & understand. If you want to learn about global and public health, this course is the best choice.

By Ranjit R

Jun 4, 2020

I love the way the teacher taught us, i like the material provided and the quuestions asked in assessments are best way to improve the knowledge level

By Khushi T

Oct 5, 2021

A​n awesome and very informative class. The class are engaging and the information provided is clearly explained and awesome resources are provided.

By Alejandra R H

May 5, 2019

Very professional instructor and helpful videos. Also a great coverage of all the relevant topics concerning global health. Would 100% recommend.

By Dr P B

Aug 2, 2018

Many thanks to Richard Skolnik for preparing this concise and clear course on Essentials of Global Health in collaboration with YALE University.

By Jean L N

Nov 18, 2020

This was such an eye-opening course about Global Health, and I really loved how Professor Richard engage with the learners through the videos.

By Meg B

Jul 21, 2020

Great topics and wonderful readings. Wanted to take this course to get a head start on my Master's in Global health this fall. Really helpful!

By Morgan M

Apr 18, 2017

This course is taught in a way that is easy to understand and gives lots of insight and examples to further solidify the knowledge presented.

By Jenny P M A

May 16, 2020

Este curso es excelente es muy bueno felicitaciones al docente y gracias a Coursera por esta gran oportunidad

Muchas gracias


By Vivian N

Oct 1, 2019

This was such a wonderful course. completed it over a year ago and the insights are still clear in my mind. many thanks to the facilitators.

By Sarah G

May 3, 2020

Excellent course that was very well organized and informative. This is great as a new educational course or continuing education refresher.

By Riz

May 12, 2017

The most amazing course i have ever done .It helped me in understanding the basic concept and to use the leaning into implementation phase

By Pascal E

Jul 11, 2020

An outstanding instructor who communicates in a manner which conveys the facts with no nonsense, efficient and intriguing manner. 5 stars